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A Winter Siesta

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Winter has arrived in Northern Michigan. Really. We already have 9 inches of snow and it’s only December 2.

We love winter in Traverse City. Skiing at Hickory, sledding at the Civic Center, snowman building, snowshoeing at Pellizzari, skating at the F&M’er, snowball throwing, fort making but unfortunately not bucket slinging this year.

Winter bucket slinging here in Northern Michigan is doable. But just barely. With some help from a bunch of neighborhood kids and a few awesome college students, we proved it theoretically possible last year. We learned some things. But in the end, realized that’s it’s just too tough. Too tough on our toes and fingers and cheeks. Too tough on our bikes and trailers. Maybe a bit unsafe on the icy roads as well.

Soooo…after 20 straight months of weekly bike powered pick-ups, our “board” has decided to take a siesta this winter. We will stop pick-ups effective December 2 and resume April 1.

But, don’t worry! We have a plan to keep all of our C’sC members being awesome:

1. Our drop-off service will remain open. Bring your scraps to C’sC World HQ and we’ll handle the rest.

2. Adopt some worms. The C’sC Worm U-Pick operation is open for business. Come pick some of our worms and start your own vermicompost bin and let them eat your scraps.

3. Maybe you’re ready to graduate to your own pile. Our big idea has always been to get more neighborhood piles in backyards to then grow more neighborhood compost. We can help you find some pallets if needed. Or you can have one of our commercial plastic compost bins. First come, first served!

4. Not quite ready to manage your own pile? Come learn how to compost in your backyard with our C’sC College of Compostology program. Yes, composting in Northern Michigan is a four season thing and it’s easier than you think to do it in the winter!

Thanks again for all of the support the past year and a half. We’ll see you around the neighborhood and as always…..Compost On!

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